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O Kadhal Kanmani – Parandhu sella vaa   Leave a comment

Everytime Mani Ranthnam directs a movie, I feel that he dedicates it to his wife ‘Suhasini’, even when he ponders over the idea of making a movie he must be like, ‘I think I’d like to dedicate this movie to my lovely wife’, that is because his movies reflect terrific sincere romance, the ones which glorify unblemished love. O Kadhal kanmani (OKK) is his latest directorial venture and I am glad that I chose this one as a starter and thanks to subtitles, the movie watching experience was one of the most memorable.

For me, the only thing which mattered was Nithya Menon’s – Tara, she was terrific! If I were to interview Mr.Rathnam I would definitely ask this: what are the basic parameters that you’d visualize to be present in your strongest character, how do you conjure those? What are your references ? Is your Wife an inspiration to it?

okkkTara is the reason behind OKK’s commercial success, she is as graceful as she can get, the chief reasons being, the effervescent ‘Parandhu Sella Vaa’ or when she talks to Aadi after lovemaking, or when she comforts Ganapathi, Bhavani with her eloquent singing (Malargal ketten) or when she takes a ‘first- squabble-selfie’ or when she introduces herself to Aadi. She’s as sweet as a cheery pie and it is these seemingly insignificant moments that shine the most.

I wouldn’t blabber much about the movie and its mechanics, but would certainly shed light on Rantham’s feminist oeuvre and its evolution over time, films like Mounaraagam, Geethanjali, Roja, Bombay Alaipayuthey, and Yuva stands testimonial to that and now with OKK the stance is ever evolving.


… and life will always be, La Vie En Rose..   Leave a comment

“Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.” – Ingmar Bergman.

Well, the above statement is absolutely true when it is applied “Rathnam-Rahman” paradigm. Rathnam – well known for the simplicity which is conveyed through striking imagery, for his affinity in portraying the diversity of life and culture in subtle images that are so unique, unspoiled that it blends in faultlessly with our understanding of ordinary and extraordinary. Rahman – well known for his immensely transcending experience with the music. Their combined efforts: assembling the cinema for the audience to partake in the simple observations of life, void with premeditated generalization. Often, “Rathnam-Rahman”-ism is accompanied by the surreal, enigmatic verses of Vairamuthu (Recipient of Silver Lotus Award for Best Lyrics – 6 Times!) that generate an aura which immortalizes the melody. It is pure, perennial bliss that radiates which uplifts the soul to a different dimension altogether.

Ergo, this is a modest effort in preparing a list of top songs of “Rathnam-Rahman” that has profoundly influenced, changed music in Bollywood, Tamil Cinema and involuntarily prepares our yearning to return again and again to the emotions the film has given us, with our experience deepened each time by new impressions. The criteria or the baseline for it be selected, rests upon simple yet effective composition of verses, brilliant composition of tunes and choreography which sensitively enhance the overall mood of the song sequence, thereby elevating the film.

10. “Narumugaye” of Iruvar (1997), Singers: Unnikrishnan, Bombay Jayashree  

An excellent classical song for a fictionalized political drama in which Aishwarya Rai made a debut and Prakash Raj, Santosh Sivan won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography respectively. Incorporated with two Carnatic ragas—”Naatai” and “Ghambeera Naatai”, Narumugaye is artfully elegant!


09. “Ranjha Ranjha/ Kaattu Sirukki” of Raavan/Raavanan (2010), Singers: Rekha Bhardwaj, Javed Ali/Shankar Mahadevan, Anuradha Sriram

Fabulous singing from Rekha and Javed makes this one of the best duets of 21st century.

08. “Oru deivam thantha poove” of Kannathil Muthamittal (2002) Singers: Chinmayi, P. Jayachandran

For rising above the conventions of film songs to reach the realms of poetry, Vairamuthu won the national award for the best lyrics and ARR received the national award for the best music direction. Chinmayi’s fabulous vocals, highlights on what a peck on the cheek is all about.

07. “Barso Re/ Ven Megham” of Guru (2007) Singers: Shreya Ghoshal, Uday Mazumdar

Fantastic singing from Shreya who won Best Female Playback Filmfare award, Rahman his 7th.

06. “Khabie neem neem/Sandakkozhi” of Yuva/ Aaytha Ezhuthu (2004) Singers: Madhushree, A. R. Rahman
Kabhi Neem Neem is gem of a song and it’s just perfect in the composition, vocals and lyrics. ARR’s alaaps throughout the piece are a treat for the ears as Rahman really does weave his magic all around this number!

05.  “Kadhal Sadugudu/Aye udi udi udi” of Alaipayuthey/Saathiya (2000/2002) Singers: S.P.Balasubramaniam, Charan/Adnan Sami
The song which is shot entirely in reverse direction but still maintains the elegance and richness of human expression and is one of my all time favorite video song of Rathnam movies.

Mani Rathnam on Kadhal Sadugudu: “These are two young people inside a house. They had wanted to get married, and just tied the knot. It’s the first phase of their life and it was magical, with a floating quality. When it’s in high speed and reverse, it has this surreal quality to it. If you see the song again, you will know. Those are the kind of things that you try. You have seen two people in love hundreds of times; unless you give a new angle to it, it’s not going to excite. The cinematographer is one person I pull into when I think of new ideas.”


04. “Ae Ajanabi/ Poongkaatrilae” of Dil Se (1998), Singers: Udit Narayan, Mahalakshmi Iyer/ Unni Menon, Swarnalatha
One of the most simplest and haunting piece of music that endears itself, and is beautifully rendered by Udit Narayan.

03. ” Tu Hi Re/Uyire Uyire” of Bombay (1995), Singers: Hariharan, Kavita Krishnamurthy/Hariharan, K. S. Chithra
One of the quintessential melancholic songs of all time which transcended all barriers – geographic, age, linguistic.

02.  ” Yeh Haseen Waadiyaan /Pudhu Vellai Mazhai” of Roja (1992), Singers: S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra/Unni Menon, Sujatha

Roja as a soundtrack galvanized the entire bollywood/kollywood movie-making industry and this song is probably one of the all time greatest romantic number.

01.  “Rasathi” of Thiruda Thiruda (1993), Singer: Shahul Hameed
Rasathi is undeniably one of the special song in the history of Indian cinema, the reason: It is constructed exclusively on chorus singing; providing the bass effect full time and female humming and chants that are layered in parallel in the background and hameed’s poignant voice adds more magic to it..



57th Annual Filmfare awards Predictions   2 comments

57th Annual Filmfare awards will be held on Jan 29, 2012 and it’s a special occasion where Indian film industry will be entering its 100th year. Consequently, 2500th Black Lady will be given out on the occasion and Imran Khan will be the host for 57th Annual Filmfare awards.

Was 2011 a good year for Bollywood?
Monetary wise, of course because there were number of big budget movies with big hopes and also did big business. Expertise, a big YES, bolloywood’s become sophisticated with modern technology, the posters, art work and editing has grown in stature. However the presentation and the quality in movie making is more or less the same, there isn’t any such movie which you’ll go gaga over.

Nominees for the year 2011

Best Film

  • Delhi Belly
  • Don 2
  • No One Killed Jessica
  • Rockstar
  • The Dirty Picture
  • Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Delhi Belly – oh too urbane and gooey, Don 2 – Watta Climax! Too stylish and too good to be a bollywood movie, No One Killed Jessica – thodi si kameeni, thodi namkeeni Thodi si nasheeli, thodi zehreeli … hai saala hatt ! ­ Rockstar – too much meddling on the subject How Robert Plant or Jim Morrison behaved on stage. The Dirty Picture – wasn’t efficiently dirty enough to showcase any kind of superlative values which it could’ve, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara prolly will walk away with the best picture because The framework and the scenarios were so neat, orderly, spick and span and well-groomed, I do agree to the fact that movie does have some genuine moments, however it gets bleached when you look at the movie in one piece and I still declare ZNMD: is one of the best bollywood chick flicks till date.

Best Director

  • Abhinay Deo – Delhi Belly
  • Farhan Akhtar – Don2
  • Imtiyaz Ali – Rockstar
  • Milan Luthria – The Dirty Picture
  • Raj Kumar Gupta – No One Killed Jessica
  • Zoya Akhtar – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara

Zoya will walk away with the black lady for her movie which struggles too hard to be cool.

Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male)

  • Ajay Devgan – Singham
  • Amitabh Bachchan – Aarakshan
  • Hrithik Roshan – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Ranbir Kapoor – Rockstar
  • Salman Khan – Bodyguard
  • Shahrukh Khan – Don2

Archetypal Ajay as Inspector Bajirao M. Singham for Singham, Mohabattein’s Narayan Shankar soul was stamped in Amitabh’s Prabhakar Anand in Aarakshan, Salman Khan amplifies stupidity as Lovely B. Singh in Bodyguard , I would say Hiritik, Ranbir and Shahrukh have done justice to the characters , they’ve filled Arjun, Janardhan Jakhar, Don respectively with high-spirited passion imbued with great deal of confidence. If SRK wins it’d be his 9th one, OMG! a new filmfare record! If Hrithik wins it’d be his 5th, but I want Ranbir to win because for the fact that his showcasing of talents in transitioning from Janardhan Jakhar to Jordan was really challenging and demanding, he had to be a naïve immature job hi mein and turn into tera pyaar.. teri waah…tu hi rakh.. also he handled it remarkably well.

                         Best Actor In A Leading Role (Female)

Katrina Kaif – Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
Mahie Gill – Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster
Priyanka Chopra – 7 Khoon Maaf
Vidya Balan – No One Killed Jessica
Vidya Balan – The Dirty Picture

Oh Chikni Chameli can act!?!?! Mahie Gill as Begum as saheb’s biwi is one of the bravest performance in Indian commercial cinema, with her oozing sex appeal… she’s just perfect for the role. Susanna Anna-Marie Johannes could’ve/should’ve put more efforts to her well defined murderous role. The sensual Vidya nominated for No One Killed Jessica as well as The Dirty Picture, by engaging in such roles she’s proving to be very versatile and will prolly walk away with the precious.
Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Male)

Abhay Deol – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Farhan Akhtar – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Naseeruddin Shah – The Dirty Picture
Pitobash Tripathy – Shor In The City
Vir Das – Delhi Belly

Farhan was more natural than Hirthik and Abhay in ZNMD but it was all bout being showy, trendy. Mr Shah as chauvinistic Surya Kant did really good job and Vir Das moment of glory was Ja Chudail which was absolutely hilarious! Of all the above Pitobash Tripathy’s dumb Mandook was a surprise and beyond doubt deserves the award.

Best Actor In A Supporting Role (Female)

  • Juhi Chawla – IAM
  • Kalki Koechlin – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Parineeti Chopra – Ladies Vs Ricky Bahl
  • Rani Mukerji – No One Killed Jessica
  • Swara Bhaskar – Tanu Weds Manu

Parineeti Chopra as Dimple Chaddha, the big mouthed Punjabi dhakkan was refreshingly wonderful. Kalki as Natasha and her portrayal as ego-savvy, oh what a pain in the a$$ was terrific! Swara Bhaskar as Payal Sinha was very decent and Juhi as Megha was satisfactory. Rani as Meera Gaity, foul-mouthed assertive journalist was not all that bombastic, it was delightful to watch. Unenthusiastically, I’ll go with bawali – Meera Gaity.

Best Music Director

  • A.R.Rahman – Rockstar
  • Ram Sampat – Delhi Belly
  • Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
  • Sohail Sen – Mere Brother Ki Dulhan
  • Vishal-Shekhar – RA.One

Ram Sampath: A big applause for brilliant lyrical work and for a fantastic talent of composing music that is fresh and innovative, typical of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for ZNMD, For Vishal-Shekar, Ra.One is their best ever music compliation, they’ve collaborated with a variety and have experimented with different styles of music, Urbane Sohail Sen’s Choomantar album is a big dud! And the Filmfare for the Best Music Director goes to Mr A R Rahman for Rockstar no second thoughts about that. It is really amazing how Rahman works on unusual sounds, irregular music instruments and his perceptions towards it, unifying them together to fabricate a unique blend of music that is delightfully enchanting.

Best Lyrics

  • Gulzar – Darling – (7 Khoon Maaf)
  • Irshad Kamil – Nadaan parindey – (Rockstar)
  • Irshad Kamil – Sadda haq – (Rockstar)
  • Javed Akhtar – Senorita – (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)
  • Vishal Dadlani & Niranjan Iyengar – Chammak challo – (RA.One)

Energetic and comical, Darling was inspired by Russian folk song ‘Kalinka’, The Latino flavored Akhtar’s – Senorita is a half hindi- half Spanish flamenco which is really modish, Chammak challo with its uber cool matio lyrics made just a huge impact and in the end galvanizing poetry characterized by evocative words stand out, this time I would really like Irshad Kamil to get a filmfare in this category. Nadaan parindey and Sadda haq are so intense in their own nature and both carry a sophisticated degree of isolated philosophy into it.

Best Playback Singer (Male)

  • Akon & Vishal Dadlani – Chammak challo (RA.One)
  • Mohit Chauhan – Jo bhi mein (Rockstar)
  • Mohit Chauhan – Sadda haq (Rockstar)
  • Rahat Fateh Ali Khan – Teri Meri (Bodyguard)
  • Shafqat Amanat Ali – Dildaara (RA.One)

This ones really tough, everyone in this category have astonishing talents and have sung with great deal of restrained complexity, the detached voice of Rahat along with Shreya fabricated teri meri into a poignant melancholic love song of the year, Shafqat vocals was absolutely great in Dildaara, Akon with his typical O-oh-oh was thrilling in Chammak challo However I would really go with Mohit because he was stretched and pushed to all kinds of zones by ARR ,  Jo bhi mein has a loads of subtle variations which is so damn complex to modulate , Sadda haq is just the opposite more coarser than Jo bhi mein and Mohit has done exceedingly well.

Best Playback Singer (Female)

  • Alyssa Mendonsa – Khwabon ke parindey (Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara)
  • Harshdeep Kaur – Katiya karu (Rockstar)
  • Rekha Bhardwaj & Usha Uthup Darling (7 Khoon Maaf)
  • Shreya Ghoshal – Teri Meri (Bodyguard)
  • Shreya Ghoshal – Saibo (Shor In The City)

Mendonsa was mellow, romantic and very comforting in Khwabon ke parindey, Harshdeep Kaur was very Groovy with Punjabi locals for Junglee Jawani, ‘Darling’ of Usha Uthup, Rekha Bhardwaj was  inspired by Russian folk song ‘Kalinka’, brilliantly sung by Uthap/Rekha and finally… Shreya Goshal again with 2 nominations and in this category her name ought to be there, otherwise it’ll look dull and out of sorts, Teri meri was phenomenal and beyond that is Saibo, extraordinary intro from Shreya makes a worthy candidate poised to win her 4th Filmfare Award.

In Brief:
Best Film: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Best Director: Zoya Akhtar – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Best Actor Male: Ranbir Kapoor – Rockstar
Best Actor Female: Vidya Balan – The Dirty Picture
Best Actor Supporting Role Male: Pitobash Tripathy – Shor in the City
Best Actor Supporting Role Female: Rani Mukerji – No One Killed Jessica
Best Music Director: A.R.Rahman – Rockstar
Best Lyricist: Irshad Kamil – Nadaan parindey – (Rockstar)
Best Playback Singer Male: Mohit Chauhan – Jo bhi mein (Rockstar)
Best Playback Singer Female: Shreya Ghoshal – Saibo (Shor In The City)

Plus there are 2 Debut, 3 Critics and 12 Technical awards.
And my presumptions are….

Best Male Debut: Gulshan Devaiah for Shaitaan and The girl in yellow boots
Best Female Debut: Parineeti Chopra for Ladies vs Ricky Bahl.

Best Movie (Best Director): Zoya Akhtar – Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Best Actor: Ranbir Kapoor – Rockstar
Best Actress: Vidya Balan – The Dirty Picture

Best Story: Shor In The City or Stanley Ka Dabba
Best Screenplay: The Dirty Picture, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Best Dialogue: The Dirty Picture
Best Editing: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara
Best Choreography: Chammak Challo,
Best Cinematography: Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara or Rockstar
Best Production Design: The Dirty Picture or Rockstar
Best Sound Design: Rockstar
Best Costume Design:
Best Background Score:
Best Special Effects: Ra.One
Best Action: Don 2 or Singham


Be! and it is…..   Leave a comment

Rockstar is a Hindi movie directed by Imtiaz Ali of Jab we Met, Love aaj Kal fame that stars Ranbir Kapoor and Nargis Fakhri in leading roles. Music is from AR Rahman, Lyrics are written by Irshad Kamil, Mohit Chauhan. Janardhan Jakhar – Jordan (Ranbir Kapoor) is the protagonist of the movie and according to Imtiaz Ali, Jordan “is an inarticulate, struggling-musician, he can express himself only through music, how his music is influenced by not only his situation but also by the music of the place he visits.” and as a result the movie’s name “Rockstar”. When does this struggling musician come of his age and make better music?? It is only when he experiences the seizures; suffering of being in love, only then he’ll be a true Rockstar! Hmm.. Interesting..  So, When it comes to the kind of Rockstar-aura that Joradan is supposed to broadcast, it is in the expressions of “How Robert Plant or Jim Morrison behaved on stage” and to be appropriate that of Jordan, Imitiaz ali further explains “Instead of emulating what they did, we looked for why they did it, we unraveled the reasons. We then applied those reasons to a guy who lives in Pitampura, Delhi.”

Rockstar has 14 Tracks!!! 11 Regular, 3 Instrumentals and 9 out 11 regular tracks has Mohit Chauhan’s voice, this is because he is the voice for Ranbir and the reason why he was picked is “Mohit’s voice has innocence and character. Until now, he had one particular style. But in this, he was stretched and pushed to all kinds of zones. We both worked very hard on it. Some songs took four days to record, some even seven. But when you hear it, you will feel how effortless it is.” says Rahman. Mr Chauhan, at times sounds very monotonous, emulating his efforts from his first Solo album ‘Fitoor’. However, i really feel KK would’ve done much better than Mohit and I am disenchanted that Rahman has not included Shreya Ghoshal in this musical marathon.

A Brief Review

“Phir Se Ud Chala” of Mohit Chauhan
More like.. oh! M like a bird, where the character expresses his state of being in ecstasy, freedom in expressions that are second to none.

“Jo Bhi Main” of Mohit Chauhan
Right after the preoccupied “Phir Se Ud Chala” it’s the more realistic “Jo bhi main, kehna chahoon… Barbaad karein, alfaz mere.. ” wonderful track with delicate guitar work and mohit brings in lotta variations , a gem of a track.

“Katiya Karun” of Harshdeep Kaur, Sapna Awasthi
Groovy Punjabi track describing Heer’s (Nargis Fakhri) thoughts, feelings towards Jordan. Absolutely loved the promo in which Heer persuades Janardhan to go to an adult movie ‘Junglee Jawaani’ :D

“Kun Faya Kun”of A. R. Rahman, Javed Ali, Mohit Chauhan
When it comes to making music for the supernatural being, Rahman gives its all, he pours his soul into it and constructs something extraordinary, Kun Faya Kun is such masterpiece which beyond doubt, even if you don’t make an effort, it captures your mind, soul and wraps it up with absolute devotion.

“Sheher Mein” of Mohit Chauhan, Karthik
A Modern Jugalbandi, m really fond of its lyrics.. Train ka bhi.. Lodge ka bhi… Aake zara Bill to tu dede jaana… Classy, sophisticated Jordan’s tone vs contemporary, regular karthik’s voice and this happens during a music audition where the music director lays more emphasis on commercial aspects of it like Aaha ha ha re kya ringtone bani hai….  Wah kya baat hai// Lyrics toh dhoom macha dega UP Bihar mein, …..  rather focusing on it to make it sound better, superior.

“Hawaa Hawaa” of Mohit Chauhan, Viviane Chaix, Tanvi Shah, Suvi Suresh, Shalini
Rahman admits “The gypsy song (Hawa hawa) was the most difficult to compose as it had so many layers, styles and instruments woven in.”, truthfully it does have many layers, but this track does not make an immediate impact, because of diminutive-bizarre lyrics which are situational.

“Aur Ho” of Mohit Chauhan, Alma Ferovic
Unadulterated, precise melancholic track which articulates the repetitive heartburns of Jordan.

“Nadaan Parinde” of A. R. Rahman, Mohit Chauhan
The first 15 seconds sounds very much like “Rivers of Babylon!” ;), Nadaan Parinde is again gayan- sharing track, A good piece of music , with some very strong compositional elements.

“Tum Ko” of Kavita Subramaniam
Female version of “Tum Ho” which really do not interest at all!

“Saadda Haq” of Mohit Chauhan feat. Orianthi on Guitars
Philosophical, Hard-hitting track that really inquires on matter of  Right, Wrong, Free-will. Really appreciated the lyrics (epilogue)….

tera dar..
tera pyaar..
teri waah…
tu hi rakh..
rakh sale… \m/

“Tum Ho” of Mohit Chauhan, Suzanne D’Mello
Probably you’ll like this track once you watch the video, has faint traces of Rahman’s previous works, nevertheless, it is a good romantic track with a terrific alaap from Mohit.

“Tango For Taj” (Instrumental), “The Dichotomy of Fame” (Instrumental) feat. Balesh on Shehnai & Kabuli on Guitars, “Meeting Place” (Based on a Poem by Rumi) of Ranbir Kapoor
It is really amazing how Rahman works on unusual sounds, irregular music instruments and his perceptions towards it, unifying them together to fabricate a unique blend of music that is delightfully enchanting. The same is reflected in support of instrumentals for Rockstar.

Rockstar is a fictional character in film and as one can guess from the title, there will be much guitar.” says Rahman .Well; added to the much of guitar stuff I feel he has overused Mohit and his band of synthesizers and yet again you have to listen to the songs over and over to get into the channel in which the maestro operates and as fittingly put by Imtiaz “Rahman may offer you an uncut diamond on a platter. But if you fail to see it, he will not insist you look again”, so until and unless you dwell deep and identify the genuineness of it, Rockstar feels very sour, unassuming.

My Picks: Kun Faya Kun, Jo Bhi Main, Saadda Haq, Tum Ho, Hawaa Hawaa, Sheher Mein


Posted 16/10/2011 by 6thstation in Bollywood Music

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